We will be leaving for Haiti in five days. Crazy!
It is wild to think that a couple months ago we were in the planning stages of this this. And now here we are… on the brink of something exciting and unforgettable. Let me tell you a little about it.
Myself, Jen and another adult will be leading ten high school students to Port-Au-Prince for a short 6-day trip with Compassion International. There we will be serving the people of Haiti by helping renovate a computer lab (laying tile, painting, light construction) and having plenty of relational time with the children of Compassion. If you aren’t familiar with Compassion, check them out here. They are a highly-respected, four-star charity (through Charity Navigator) with impeccable financial integrity. Basically, for $38/month you can sponsor a child from somewhere around the world and provide him or her with the essentials to impact their future. The monthly donation provides a loving, church-based Sponsorship Program that includes: food, clean water, medical care, education, life-skills, and the opportunity to hear about Jesus and be encouraged to develop a lifelong relationship with God.
I started sponsoring Meylin (from Guatemala) when I was a Sophomore in college. That was in 2001. Now, 11 years later, she has gone from a precious 4-year-old to a mature, confident 15 year old young lady! It’s been very neat to see her grow up and write letters back and forth.
What I am asking for right now is prayer. Please pray for safety, health, team morale, the people/children we’ll encounter, and the experiences that each team member will bring back to them as they return home a week later.
As I personally prepare for the trip I want to think about ways to not only commit to these children in Haiti, but also to the ten students we will be leading. They will each bring home a different experience, a different perspective. Their lives will be changed and their hope renewed.
Thinking about ways to cohesively align with Orange’s vision, I will occasionally be blogging (and tweeting #thinkorange) with ‘The Next Generation’ in mind. I encourage you to do the same. Additionally, I will be blogging during the Orange Conference 2012. If you plan on being there, please let me know!